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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

THE Holker Garden Festival, sponsored by the Evening Mail, kicks off today with an action-packed itinerary to celebrate its 20th anniversary and runs until Sunday June 10.

Here are 20 good reasons to visit the festival if you are out and about this weekend:

1 Garden enthusiasts can delight in award-winning show gardens and take home inspiration for their own gardens.

2 Children can get creative with a wide selection of country crafts, games and activities in the Tipi Village

3 Expert horticulturists can browse the horticultural and floral art marquees taking in magnificent, award-winning displays of rare and unusual plants.

4 Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of live music from the traditional bandstand.

5 Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of artisan produce in the Made in Cumbria Food Hall.

6 Visit the Holker Festival Garden Theatre to hear garden experts share their experiences, with lots of opportunities to ask questions.

7 Experience all the fun of the fair at the traditional Victorian fairground, with various attractions including hoopla, balls in a jar, tin can alley and coconut shies.

8 For a taste of the country, the countryside crafts provide an authentic rural experience.

9 Pick up a signed copy of Lord Cavendish’s book A Time to Plant: Life and Gardening at Holker.

10 Tours of the Holker Gardens will take place daily with head gardener Yvonne Cannon sharing the secrets of these magnificent formal gardens.

11 Watch traditional craftsman at work, including demonstrations of rural skills such as dry stone walling.

12 Shopaholics will be able to browse over 200 exhibitors at the festival, with the opportunity to buy wonderful unique gifts such as handmade jewellery, clothing and artwork.

13 Enjoy the magnificent views across 200 acres of natural parkland.

14 Talks and demonstrations on everything from outdoor skills and planting edible foods to country crafts suitable for all the family.

15 From barbecues to afternoon tea and paella to strawberries and cream, whatever your tastes, choose from a wonderful selection of food to enjoy while you browse the festival.

16 Take part in the charity auction for St Mary’s Hospice with wonderful gifts and experiences on offer.

17 Take a guided tour of the magnificent Holker Hall and learn more about this picturesque mansion which is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish.

18 Enjoy a variety of live and exciting attractions including the Drakes of Hazard and Terrier Racing.

19 Visit the Holker Courtyard Café for a delicious variety of home-made dishes and the chance to unwind in the period setting of Holker Hall.

20 Don’t forget to stop off at the Holker Food Hall before you leave for the chance to take home delicious estate produce.

Opening times for the 2012 Holker Garden Festival are from 10am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Holker Garden Festival is £15 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.

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